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Stress, the Stress System and the Role of Glucocorticoids

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REVIEW
Ann M Rasmusson, Christine E Marx, Suzanne L Pineles, Andrea Locci, Erica R Scioli-Salter, Yael I Nillni, Jennifer J Liang, Graziano Pinna
This review highlights early efforts to translate pre-clinical and clinical findings regarding the role of neuroactive steroids in stress adaptation and PTSD into new therapeutics for PTSD. Numerous studies have demonstrated PTSD-related alterations in resting levels or the reactivity of neuroactive steroids and their targets. These studies also have demonstrated substantial variability in the dysfunction of specific neuroactive steroid systems among PTSD subpopulations. These variabilities have been related to the developmental timing of trauma, severity and type of trauma, genetic background, sex, reproductive state, lifestyle influences such as substance use and exercise, and the presence of comorbid conditions such as depression and chronic pain...
February 12, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212884/desipramine-decreases-expression-of-human-and-murine-indoleamine-2-3-dioxygenases
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Alexandra K Brooks, Tiffany M Janda, Marcus A Lawson, Jennifer L Rytych, Robin A Smith, Cecilia Ocampo-Solis, Robert H McCusker
Abundant evidence connects depression symptomology with immune system activation, stress and subsequently elevated levels of kynurenine. Anti-depressants, such as the tricyclic norepinephrine/serotonin reuptake inhibitor desipramine (Desip), were developed under the premise that increasing extracellular neurotransmitter level was the sole mechanism by which they alleviate depressive symptomologies. However, evidence suggests that anti-depressants have additional actions that contribute to their therapeutic potential...
February 16, 2017: Brain, Behavior, and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28137450/crf1-receptor-deficiency-increases-cocaine-reward
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Angelo Contarino, Pierre Kitchener, Monique Vallée, Francesco Papaleo, Pier-Vincenzo Piazza
Stimulant drugs produce reward but also activate stress-responsive systems. The corticotropin-releasing factor (CRF) and the related hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis stress-responsive systems are activated by stimulant drugs. However, their role in stimulant drug-induced reward remains poorly understood. Herein, we report that CRF1 receptor-deficient (CRF1-/-), but not wild-type, mice show conditioned place preference (CPP) responses to a relatively low cocaine dose (5 mg/kg, i.p.). Conversely, wild-type, but not CRF1-/-, mice display CPP responses to a relatively high cocaine dose (20 mg/kg, i...
January 27, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28134998/endocannabinoid-signaling-and-the-hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal-axis
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Cecilia J Hillard, Margaret Beatka, Jenna Sarvaideo
The elucidation of Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol as the active principal of Cannabis sativa in 1963 initiated a fruitful half-century of scientific discovery, culminating in the identification of the endocannabinoid signaling system, a previously unknown neuromodulatory system. A primary function of the endocannabinoid signaling system is to maintain or recover homeostasis following psychological and physiological threats. We provide a brief introduction to the endocannabinoid signaling system and its role in synaptic plasticity...
December 6, 2016: Comprehensive Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28126832/effect-of-%C3%AE-agonist-on-the-dexamethasone-induced-expression-of-aromatase-by-the-human-monocyte-cells
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Masatada Watanabe, Shuji Ohno, Hiroshi Wachi
Emerging evidence suggests that sex steroids are important for human skin health. In particular, estrogen improves skin thickness, elasticity, and moisture of older women. The major source of circulating estrogen is the ovary; however, local estrogen synthesis and secretion have important roles in, for example, bone metabolism and breast cancer development. We hypothesized that infiltrated peripheral monocytes are one of the sources of estrogen in skin tissues. We also hypothesized that, during atopic dermatitis under stress, a decline in the hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal axis (HPA) and facilitation of the (hypothalamus)-sympathetic-adrenomedullary system (SAM) attenuates estrogen secretion from monocytes...
January 26, 2017: Endocrine Connections
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28057851/corticotropin-releasing-hormone-improves-survival-in-pneumococcal-pneumonia-by-reducing-pulmonary-inflammation
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Brittney Burnley, Harlan P Jones
The use of glucocorticoids to reduce inflammatory responses is largely based on the knowledge of the physiological action of the endogenous glucocorticoid, cortisol. Corticotropin-releasing hormone (CRH) is a neuropeptide released from the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis of the central nervous system. This hormone serves as an important mediator of adaptive physiological responses to stress. In addition to its role in inducing downstream cortisol release that in turn regulates immune suppression, CRH has also been found to mediate inflammatory responses in peripheral tissues...
January 2017: Physiological Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28018291/adrenal-gland-microenvironment-and-its-involvement-in-the-regulation-of-stress-induced-hormone-secretion-during-sepsis
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REVIEW
Waldemar Kanczkowski, Mariko Sue, Stefan R Bornstein
Survival of all living organisms depends on maintenance of a steady state of homeostasis, which process relies on its ability to react and adapt to various physical and emotional threats. The defense against stress is executed by the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis and the sympathetic-adrenal medullary system. Adrenal gland is a major effector organ of stress system. During stress, adrenal gland rapidly responds with increased secretion of glucocorticoids (GCs) and catecholamines into circulation, which hormones, in turn, affect metabolism, to provide acutely energy, vasculature to increase blood pressure, and the immune system to prevent it from extensive activation...
2016: Frontiers in Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28002634/fkbp5-polymorphisms-influence-pre-learning-stress-induced-alterations-of-learning-and-memory
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Phillip R Zoladz, Alison M Dailey, Hannah E Nagle, Miranda K Fiely, Brianne E Mosley, Callie M Brown, Tessa J Duffy, Amanda R Scharf, McKenna B Earley, Boyd R Rorabaugh
FK506 binding protein 51(FKBP5) is a co-chaperone of heat shock protein 90 and significantly influences glucocorticoid receptor sensitivity. Single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in the FKBP5 gene are associated with altered hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis function, changes in the structure and function of several cognitive brain areas, and increased susceptibility to post-traumatic stress disorder, major depression, bipolar disorder, and suicidal events. The mechanisms underlying these associations are largely unknown, but it has been speculated that the influence of these SNPs on emotional memory systems may play a role...
December 21, 2016: European Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889894/glucocorticoid-induced-leucine-zipper-in-central-nervous-system-health-and-disease
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REVIEW
Mythily Srinivasan, Debomoy K Lahiri
The central nervous system (CNS) is a large network of intercommunicating cells that function to maintain tissue health and homeostasis. Considerable evidence suggests that glucocorticoids exert both neuroprotective and neurodegenerative effects on the CNS. Glucocorticoids act by binding two related receptors in the cytoplasm, the mineralocorticoid receptor (MR) and the glucocorticoid receptor (GR). The glucocorticoid receptor complex mediates cellular responses by transactivating target genes and by protein: protein interactions...
November 26, 2016: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27865492/peripheral-blood-mononuclear-cell-proliferation-and-cytokine-production-in-sheep-as-affected-by-cortisol-level-and-duration-of-stress
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M G Ciliberti, M Albenzio, C Inghese, A Santillo, R Marino, A Sevi, M Caroprese
A large number of studies recognize glucocorticoids (Gc) as suppressors of inflammation; Gc exert an important role in coordinating the magnitude and duration of host immune responses. In the present in vitro investigation, we tested incremental levels of cortisol to verify the immunosuppressive or immunopermissive role of cortisol in sheep peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC) after acute and chronic stress. Phytohemagglutinin (PHA)-stimulated PBMC were cultured for 24h and 96h at 37°C with 5% of CO2 and varying cortisol levels: 10 ng/mL (baseline), 100 ng/mL (physiological poststressor), and 1,000 ng/mL [hyperactivated hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis]...
January 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27862513/memory-under-stress-from-single-systems-to-network-changes
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REVIEW
Lars Schwabe
Stressful events have profound effects on learning and memory. These effects are mainly mediated by catecholamines and glucocorticoid hormones released from the adrenals during stressful encounters. It has been known for long that both catecholamines and glucocorticoids influence the functioning of the hippocampus, a critical hub for episodic memory. However, areas implicated in other forms of memory, such as the insula or the dorsal striatum, can be affected by stress as well. Beyond changes in single memory systems, acute stress triggers the reconfiguration of large scale neural networks which sets the stage for a shift from thoughtful, 'cognitive' control of learning and memory toward more reflexive, 'habitual' processes...
November 12, 2016: European Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27833807/the-ecology-of-stress-linking-life-history-traits-with-physiological-control-mechanisms-in-free-living-guanacos
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Ramiro J A Ovejero Aguilar, Graciela A Jahn, Mauricio Soto-Gamboa, Andrés J Novaro, Pablo Carmanchahi
BACKGROUND: Providing the context for the evolution of life-history traits, habitat features constrain successful ecological and physiological strategies. In vertebrates, a key response to life's challenges is the activation of the Stress (HPA) and Gonadal (HPG) axes. Much of the interest in stress ecology is motivated by the desire to understand the physiological mechanisms in which the environment affects fitness. As reported in the literature, several intrinsic and extrinsic factors affect variability in hormone levels...
2016: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27818220/local-glucocorticoid-production-in-lymphoid-organs-of-mice-and-birds-functions-in-lymphocyte-development
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REVIEW
Matthew D Taves, Jordan E Hamden, Kiran K Soma
Circulating glucocorticoids (GCs) are powerful regulators of immunity. Stress-induced GC secretion by the adrenal glands initially enhances and later suppresses the immune response. GC targets include lymphocytes of the adaptive immune system, which are well known for their sensitivity to GCs. Less appreciated, however, is that GCs are locally produced in lymphoid organs, such as the thymus, where GCs play a critical role in selection of the T cell antigen receptor (TCR) repertoire. Here, we review the roles of systemic and locally-produced GCs in T lymphocyte development, which has been studied primarily in laboratory mice...
February 2017: Hormones and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27815155/environmental-enrichment-protects-against-stress-induced-anxiety-role-of-glucocorticoid-receptor-erk-and-creb-signaling-in-the-basolateral-amygdala
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Leonardo S Novaes, Nilton Barreto Dos Santos, Rafaela F P Batalhote, Marília Brinati Malta, Rosana Camarini, Cristoforo Scavone, Carolina Demarchi Munhoz
Environmental enrichment (EE) is an experimental animal model that enhances an animal's opportunity to interact with sensory, motor, and social stimuli, compared to standard laboratory conditions. A prominent benefit of EE is the reduction of stress-induced anxiety. The relationship between stress and the onset of anxiety-like behavior has been widely investigated in experimental research, showing a clear correlation with structural changes in the hippocampus and basolateral amygdala (BLA). However, the mechanisms by which EE exerts its protective roles in stress and anxiety remain unclear, and it is not known whether EE reduces the effects of acute stress on animal behavior shortly following the cessation of stress...
February 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27814748/glucocorticoids-and-endothelial-function-in-inflammatory-diseases-focus-on-rheumatoid-arthritis
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REVIEW
Frank Verhoeven, Clément Prati, Katy Maguin-Gaté, Daniel Wendling, Céline Demougeot
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is the most common systemic autoimmune disease characterized by articular and extra-articular manifestations involving cardiovascular (CV) diseases. RA increases the CV mortality by up to 50 % compared with the global population and CV disease is the leading cause of death in patients with RA. There is growing evidence that RA favors accelerated atherogenesis secondary to endothelial dysfunction (ED) that occurs early in the course of the disease. ED is a functional and reversible alteration of endothelial cells, leading to a shift of the actions of the endothelium towards reduced vasodilation, proinflammatory state, proliferative and prothrombotic properties...
November 5, 2016: Arthritis Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27784236/role-of-the-autonomic-nervous-system-in-the-tumor-micro-environment-and-its-therapeutic-potential
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Zhifang Xu, Seiji Shioda, Masahisa Jinushi, Yutaka Kawakami, Hirokazu Ohtaki, Shenjun Wang, Xue Zhao, Yangyang Liu, Dan Zhou, Yi Guo
Although evidence over the last 30 years suggests that the autonomic nervous system (ANS) mediates stress-induced allostatic and immune responses, the crucial role that it plays in the tumor micro-environment has only recently been reported. Here, we review the action of ANS signaling in this micro-environment. Emerging data suggest that primary tumors are innervated by the ANS which mediates stress-related effects on tumor progression. The activation of the sympathetic nervous system (SNS) takes advantage of neurotransmitters and neuropeptides from the innervating neural circuitry and/or hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis glucocorticoids via their receptors to modulate the gene expression associated with oncogenesis, the proliferation and apoptosis of tumor cells, angiogenesis, and the tumor-associated immune response...
October 25, 2016: Current Pharmaceutical Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27784217/role-of-central-and-peripheral-crh-in-skin
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Maria Venihaki, Olga Rassouli, George Liapakis
Hypothalamic corticotrophin-releasing hormone (CRH) has a key role in coordinating and controlling complex responses to stress, both systemically, by stimulating the expression of the pituitary POMC gene, and thus, resulting in increased production of ACTH and adrenal glucocorticoid release, and locally since CRH has been identified in several peripheral tissues. CRH seems to exert its effects through interaction with two known so far receptors, CRF1R and CRF2R. The mRNA and protein of CRH family of peptides and their receptors are expressed at several peripheral tissues including rodent and human skin...
October 26, 2016: Current Molecular Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27775419/blood-pressure-regulation-in-stress-focus-on-nitric-oxide-dependent-mechanisms
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A Puzserova, I Bernatova
Stress is considered a risk factor associated with the development of various civilization diseases including cardiovascular diseases, malignant tumors and mental disorders. Research investigating mechanisms involved in stress-induced hypertension have attracted much attention of physicians and researchers, however, there are still ambiguous results concerning a causal relationship between stress and long-term elevation of blood pressure (BP). Several studies have observed that mechanisms involved in the development of stress-induced hypertension include increased activity of sympathetic nervous system (SNS), glucocorticoid (GC) overload and altered endothelial function including decreased nitric oxide (NO) bioavailability...
October 24, 2016: Physiological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27754486/association-of-fkbp5-polymorphisms-and-resting-state-activity-in-a-frontotemporal-parietal-network
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R A Bryant, K L Felmingham, B Liddell, P Das, G S Malhi
The FKBP5 polymorphism is a key regulator of the glucocorticoid system underpinning stress responsivity, and risk alleles can increase vulnerability for developing posttraumatic stress disorder. To delineate the specific role of FKBP5 risk alleles unencumbered by the confounds of psychopathology, this study investigated whether high-risk alleles of the FKBP5 polymorphism are characterized by distinctive neural activity during resting state. Thirty-seven healthy participants were selected on the basis of four SNPs in the FKBP5 gene region (rs3800373, rs9296158, rs1360780 and rs9470080) to determine participants who were carriers of the FKBP5 high- and low-risk alleles...
October 18, 2016: Translational Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27725661/adenosine-a2a-receptor-regulation-of-microglia-morphological-remodeling-gender-bias-in-physiology-and-in-a-model-of-chronic-anxiety
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L Caetano, H Pinheiro, P Patrício, A Mateus-Pinheiro, N D Alves, B Coimbra, F I Baptista, S N Henriques, C Cunha, A R Santos, S G Ferreira, V M Sardinha, J F Oliveira, A F Ambrósio, N Sousa, R A Cunha, A J Rodrigues, L Pinto, C A Gomes
Developmental risk factors, such as the exposure to stress or high levels of glucocorticoids (GCs), may contribute to the pathogenesis of anxiety disorders. The immunomodulatory role of GCs and the immunological fingerprint found in animals prenatally exposed to GCs point towards an interplay between the immune and the nervous systems in the etiology of these disorders. Microglia are immune cells of the brain, responsive to GCs and morphologically altered in stress-related disorders. These cells are regulated by adenosine A2A receptors, which are also involved in the pathophysiology of anxiety...
October 11, 2016: Molecular Psychiatry
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